Tuesday, July 19, 2016

#Reverb16: Freedom

What is freedom to you? How do you celebrate freedom in your daily life?

see, here's a quandary: i'm canadian, so whenever i hear "freedom" used in this sense, it always smacks of patriotism and 'muricuh. at least, i'm assuming that's how it's supposed to be. life, love, liberty and all that. (anybody else remember freedom fries?)

also, captain america.


as for freedom in the sense of the word, though, i'd have to say that i'm very fortunate to have freedom in the way that i work. as i've written about before, i'm freelance, which means i get to set my own schedule and work where i want, how i want. i have no qualms with working late nights or on the weekend. however, this also means that i can choose to take, say, wednesday off, or not start work on monday until the afternoon. it all depends on what my clients need me to do, of course, but to a certain extent i also get to arrange my own work schedule. and it's far, far more freeing than sitting a desk from 9 to 5, monday to friday. (a fixed office schedule has its perks too, obviously, but for now freelancing is feeling good -- especially when it means i don't have to leave the house or put on clothes/makeup when it's 35+ celsius outside)

in a broader sense, i'm very aware of the freedom i have that comes with who i am, where i am; i'm a white heterosexual woman living in canada, and i don't have to watch my back for any breaches of my personal freedom. i'll never be a target here, and it really fucking sucks that others can't be free to be themselves without being targeted. i don't know when the world will start being fair to all human beings, if it ever will, but at least the internet and its connectivity is making sure more people aren't getting away with injustice. accountability is becoming so important.